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Beyond Rash And Fever: How Measles Can Kill

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 3:09pm

It happened to Roald Dahl's daughter in 1962. It still happens today, in the U.S. and around the world. In rare cases, measles becomes an incurable disease.

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U.K. Lawmakers Allow Scientists To Attempt 'DNA Transplants'

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 3:06pm

The British Parliament has voted to allow scientists to attempt to do "DNA transplants" on women's eggs to try to help them have healthy babies. Doctors want to do this to help families carrying devastating "mitochondrial diseases." But opponents question whether transferring DNA from healthy eggs into the eggs of women carrying these diseases is safe, and whether it would open the door to "designer babies."

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Love Hot Sauce? Your Personality May Be A Good Predictor

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 2:04pm

Personality seems to play a key role in our lust for heat in our food. Research has found that thrill seekers tend to like the burn of a spicy meal, and the lure may be different for men and women.

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Fingertips To Hair Follicles: Why 'Touch' Causes Pleasure And Pain

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 12:42pm

In his latest book, neuroscientist David Linden explains the science of touch. He tells Fresh Air how pain protects, why fingertips are so sensitive and why you can't read Braille with your genitals.

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Why We Judge Algorithmic Mistakes More Harshly Than Human Mistakes

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 3:59am

In many areas, algorithms make fewer mistakes than humans. But new research suggests that we distrust algorithms when they make mistakes, in ways we do not distrust humans who make mistakes.

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How Unboiled Eggs Could Help Fight Food Waste

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 4:40pm

No yolk: Researchers have discovered how to unboil egg whites. The chemical technique could help the food industry and others utilize more enzymes for cheese or beer with less waste.

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Lack Of Patients Hampers Ebola Drug And Vaccine Testing

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 3:45pm

Scientists launched a large trial Monday to test two vaccines. But testing Ebola drugs in West Africa is proving more difficult than expected because the disease is disappearing rapidly.

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Hunting For Big Planets Far Beyond Pluto May Soon Be Easier

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 3:29pm

Construction is starting in Chile on a new sort of telescope. One aim is to survey huge swaths of sky for faint signals of a "Planet X" that may be lurking on the farthest edges of our solar system.

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Why Cambodians Never Get 'Depressed'

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 12:05pm

In many parts of the world, there's no direct translation for terms like depression or anxiety. Cambodians, for example, say "the water in my heart has fallen." So how does a doctor refill a heart?

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Here's How To End Iowa's Great Nitrate Fight

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 4:02am

Des Moines, Iowa, wants to control nitrate pollution in nearby rivers. It's often called fertilizer runoff. But the best way to reduce it involves planting different crops, not using less fertilizer.

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It's Not All Bad News For Earth's Oceans

Sun, 02/01/2015 - 4:05pm

Ocean habitats seem to be in pretty good shape, according to the latest study of ocean species. NPR's Arun Rath talks to ecologist Douglas McCauley.

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The Icebergs Are Talking. We Just Have To Listen.

Sun, 02/01/2015 - 10:22am

Glaciers moan and groan. They crackle, fizz and rumble. Researchers say the noises they make might help us understand how fast they're melting.

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After Alzheimer's Diagnosis, 'The Stripping Away Of My Identity'

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 4:04pm

Greg O'Brien talks about how his life has changed in the five years since he was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. "More and more I don't recognize people," he says.

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Why Do We Love Football So Much? Theater Tackles Tough Questions

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 4:31am

A play based on interviews with former NFL players, their families and fans digs deep: What's so fun about a sport that devastates bodies and brains? And what if it can't be made safer?

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Why Do We Love Football So Much? Theater Tackles Tough Questions

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 4:31am

A play based on interviews with former NFL players, their families and fans digs deep: What's so fun about a sport that devastates bodies and brains? And what if it can't be made safer?

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By Impersonating Her Mom, A Comedian Grows Closer To Her

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 3:39pm

Human relationships are entanglements, and those connections often aren't clear to us at all. When Maria Bamford impersonated her mom, she realized what she loved about her — and about herself.

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Jeremy The Koala, Rescued From Australian Brushfire, Goes Home

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 11:36am

The animal had suffered burns to his paws in the blaze that swept through the Adelaide area earlier this month. After a full recovery, he has been released back into the wild.

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Could This Virus Be Good For You?

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 3:17am

Scientists studying HIV and Ebola have noticed another virus hitching along for the ride in some blood samples. Now they're trying to figure out whether the lurker helps the body fend off disease.

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Scientists, General Public Have Divergent Views On Science, Report Says

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 4:26pm

A Pew Research Center study shows that the two groups disagree most strongly on the safety of GM foods, the use of animals in research, climate change and human evolution.

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Food Industry Drags Its Heels On Recyclable And Compostable Packaging

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 3:56pm

A new report from two environmental groups reviewed the recyclability and compostability of packaging from 47 food companies. It found few examples of companies that have prioritized waste reduction.

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